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Dancing in Ruhenstroth

Fire, hail, lightning, thunder, flash floods and snow in July — don't you love summer time in Carson Valley? Along with Mother Nature, we have a lot going on in our usually quiet neighborhood. Our 24th annual barbecue and dance is tomorrow, but wait — there's more.

First, the details on the picnic, for those who might not have their tickets yet: Saturday, from 4 to 11 p.m. tons of food, lots of fun and best of all, great neighbors for a great cause. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids — you can't beat that deal anywhere. Bring cash for raffle tickets and your checkbook for the silent auction. We have some spectacular donations this year including door prizes: Harrah's / Harveys Lake Tahoe, two night stay, $50 food coupon and two show tickets, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, one-night stay, Topaz Lodge, one-night stay with dinner for two at the Steak House.

In the silent auction, some top items are: From Bing Materials: 10-wheel truck load of gravel or sand delivered in Carson Valley, From Big Daddy's: a TREK 3500 mountain bike, From Gesselman's Garage: transmission service.

We also have exciting news from Karen Chaton about her American Endurance Rider's Competition team who have been selected be part of the world famous Tournament of Roses Parade, Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. This is a huge honor to be selected from the hundreds of teams that apply each year. AERC was picked after much hard work on drills, practice and a very professional application that included photos, bios and videos of all the riders and their horses. They'll head down on New Year's Eve and be up and ready at 4 a.m. to join the parade. They're not allowing as many vehicles this year, so if you have larger horse trailers, please get in touch. Our own wonderful Joyce Eckrem has valiantly stepped up to organize home owners on a weed patrol to help neighbors who haven't been able to clear their roadside due to illness or other issues. Keeping our roadsides clear is important so we are prepared for wildfire. A number of neighbors have volunteered their time, tools and tractors. If you would like to help, check out details on the Nextdoor Ruhenstroth group.

Despite the crazy weather, Frank Murray reports a bumper crop of grapes. His grapes are all cold tolerant varieties such as Himrod (Thompson type) and Canadice (red seedless) with a few Black Monukka. Most were bought as tiny sticks, some he raised from cuttings, but he now has 20 mature vines, some over 15 years old. They do surprisingly well in the crappy, rocky soils we have here. The first ripening is typically in mid-August. I have been trying to follow in his footsteps, so I am looking forward to seeing how all the vines do this year.

Finally, a request. When you are reading your mail at the cluster mail boxes at Palomino and 395, please be aware of where you are parked. A few folks have been unable to park or drive around due to drivers reading their mail.

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That's all the news for this week — see you at the picnic!

Reach Karen Brier at RuhenstrothRamblings@yahoo.com, or 775-309-7913.